Located 80 km south of Colombo – a scenic two hour drive via a coastal road, Balapitiya offers an authentic Sri Lankan experience. This small, traditional fishing village, with golden sandy beaches, remains relatively unaffected by mass tourism. Notice tiny fishing hamlets scattered across the beach borders. Explore nearby attractions like the historical Galle city and the famous mask carvings of Ambalangoda. Surfing enthusiasts can revel in Hikkaduwa’s wave paradise. Blessed by year-round warm sunny weather and calm clear waters, Balapitiya is a haven for swimming, snorkeling and diving. Kids can revel in the natural rock pool, while sweet water lagoons and the Maadu river are great to explore. Splendid flora and fauna and a myriad of avian life, attract eco considerate guests and birdwatchers to scenic Balapitiya.


  • Beaches
  • Heritage
  • Landscape
  • Wildlife


  • Fishing Village
  • Golden Sandy Beaches
  • Mask Carvings of Ambalangoda

Places to Stay

Kumu Beach

Style: Beach Resort

Kumu Beach, Balapitiya, is a luxurious ten room boutique hotel that offers breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean from just about any point you are perched in the hotel, and also has direct access to the sprawling, soft sandy beach.

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Exterior view at Michelle Boutique Hotel, Balapitiya, Sri Lanka
Michelle Boutique Hotel

Style: Beach Resort

Spectacularly set amidst gorgeous Indian Ocean vistas and strung along the sandy coast of Balapitiya's fishing town, Michelle Boutique Hotel is stylish and contemporary.

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Bedroom at Shinagawa Beach Resort Hotel Balapitiya in Sri Lanka
Shinagawa Beach Resort

Style: Beach Resort

Located 140 km from Bandaranaike International Airport and 77 km from Fort City Galle, the Shinagawa Beach Hotel boasts a private beach area with unhindered sparkling vistas of the Indian Ocean.

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Activities in Balapitiya

Visit to a Turtle Hatchery Farm

Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery where you can see five different species of turtles, namely the Green, Hawksbill, Loggerhead, Leatherback and Olive Ridley awaits for a one and a half hour long visit. Villagers and fishermen collect eggs that the hatchery buys. Kept in tanks until they are hatched, the young turtles are released into the sea at night. Kosgoda Hatchery, which is supported by the Hasselblad Foundation, has released in excess of 1.7 millions of turtles into the wild to date.


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